Schaghticoke- Gene A. Bahan, 78, a longtime resident of Valley Falls Road, died peacefully Monday, May 30, 2017 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy following a long illness.
Born in Pittstown, May 26, 1939, Gene was the son of the late Ralph and Dora (Stratton) Bahan Sr. and the best friend and fiancée of Shirley D. Watkins of Clifton Park who survives.
As a boy he attended the local district school and later attended Hoosic Valley High School until enlisting in the United States Army National Guard where he served for eight years.
Gene was employed as a carpenter by the Carpenter’s Union Local #370 in Albany. At his retirement he was recognized for his 50 years of dedicated service and membership in support of the local union and tradesman.
Gene was proud of the fact that he designed and built the house he lived in for over 40 years and he had many and varied interests. He was an avid outdoorsman and member of the Green Island Rod and Gun Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing, kayaking, and camping, especially at Lake Sacandaga. He also liked gardening and working with his old farm tractors.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mark S. and Colleen Bahan of Schaghticoke and his daughter, Dawn M. Bahan of Northborough, MA, two sisters, Joan Pickrell of Sandgate, VT and Patricia Norton of Pittstown, four grandchildren, Kara Bahan, Christopher Koch, Starla Marchant and Siarra Marchant, a great-grandson, Caleb Koch and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, a sister and two brothers, Eileen Rifenburgh, Ralph Bahan Jr. and Robert Bahan also predeceased him.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 New York Route 7, located in Raymertown. Burial at White Chapel Cemetery in North Bennington will be held later this Summer. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday, from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. prior to the service. A reception at the Green Island Rod and Gun Club, located at 872 Valley Falls-Melrose Road in Schaghticoke will follow.
Memorial contributions if desired, may be made to the Green Island Rod and Gun Club, PO Box 25, Melrose, NY 12121 in memory of Gene A. Bahan.